Road Crews Preparing for Winter Weather

Created: 12/03/2013 10:57 PM KSTP.com
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) --  The winter weather being seen across northern Minnesota is already proving deadly. According to the Department of Public Safety,  four people had been killed in crashes Monday. The deaths happened in Stearns, Stone, Aitkin, and Sherburne Counties.

Winter is of course a very dangerous time on our states’ roads. Last year, there were more than 5,600 crashes. Those caused more than 3,100 injuries and 28 deaths.

We haven't seen nearly the snowy conditions being dealt with up north, but MnDOT near Rochester is preparing for it. Crews here say sometimes it's the rain, like what we’ve been seeing, that can be just as big of a problem when it freezes on the roads. Rochester crews have been out pre-treating the roads to prevent that. “We use salt and put it down before it gets too cold, hopefully to keep the ice from bonding, then get everybody in and try to get everything salted down and cleaned off," said Joe Fogarty with MnDOT.

We also spoke with crews in the Austin area, and they aren't doing any pre-treatment of roads at the moment, but equipment is ready whenever the first snow hits.